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Added to the shop: "Code Green" – a book of editorial cartoons about the environmental emergency

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156 pages, full color

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Addresses serious issues with humor and wit, and the illustrations are fantastic.” – Amazon customer

“Code Green” is the award-winning editorial cartoon about the global environmental emergency. During its 3-year run, it was the only editorial cartoon in the US devoted solely to ecological issues. Topics include pipelines, oil spills, radiation, pollution, species extinction, and global warming. The individual cartoons have been reprinted in hundreds of venues worldwide; this is the complete collection all in one place.

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Code Green Coda

I want to thank everyone who offered to contribute to Code Green, and who helped promote my fundraising campaign, and who sent notes of encouragement. I appreciate your efforts very much!! I’m very moved by your level of support and by your very kind words.

The campaign did not succeed, so I won’t be drawing that particular cartoon any longer. And I’m going to begin seeking some other kind of way to make a living than being a cartoonist. However, I will continue to draw and write cartoons and other things as a complement to organizing, as my contribution to the social change that we so urgently need. Plus Minimum Security continues to run at gocomics.com.

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The fate of Code Green cartoons

I’ve been thinking of quitting drawing “Code Green,” my weekly editorial cartoon about the environmental emergency. My income from paying clients has crashed; if I’m going to continue it, it needs to be supported by readers.

So I’ve started a fundraising campaign.

I’m not going to be pushing this much at all. This is the only post I’m going to make about it. I’m okay with quitting this cartoon. But because some readers seemed dismayed when I talked about quitting, I didn’t feel right about ending it without giving you a chance to keep it going.

So… please support and share if you wish.

(BTW, I’m going to continue my comic strip “Minimum Security” — soon in a new form).

Thanks!
Stephanie

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Charge In Advance

For more weekly Code Green editorial cartoons, please see stephaniemcmillan.org/codegreen/

From Sun-Sentinel article, “Nuke program wrong move, wrong place” by Philip Stoddard, Mayor of South Miami:

Under our American capitalist model, corporations issue bonds to raise money for new projects. But here in Florida, our Legislature allows a publicly traded utility to take our money, never repay the principal and charge us 10 percent interest on whatever it builds with our dollars. So long as a “regulated” utility can claim to be planning a new nuclear reactor, it can bypass Wall Street and take the money directly from ratepayers like us ahead of time.

This amazing scam is perfectly legal under Florida Statute 366.93, known as the Early Cost Recovery. An electric utility can take our money up front for any and all of the following:

“All capital investments, including rate of return, any applicable taxes, and all expenses, including operation and maintenance expenses, related to or resulting from the siting, licensing, design, construction or operation of the nuclear power plant, including new, expanded or relocated electrical transmission lines or facilities of any size that are necessary thereto.”

The full article is here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/outlook/fl-fpl-nuclear-energy-mistake-stoddard-07-20110830,0,4372245.story

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Wage Slave Dilemna

For more weekly Code Green editorial cartoons, please see stephaniemcmillan.org/codegreen/

The capitalist system sets up a false jobs vs. environment conflict, that serves the system on both sides. If people’s land wasn’t stolen and destroyed, they wouldn’t be able to be forced into a position of dependency and into the labor force in the first place.

Here’s an interesting article by a labor leader about why he opposes the Tar Sands pipeline. Though he’s very much part of the establishment unions, he seems to be honestly grappling with the false conflict between labor and the environment that has been set up by the ruling class.

I don’t see things the same way he does (like his advocacy of “green jobs” within a continued framework of capitalism, or participating in a protest of orchestrated arrests that appeals to Obama), but he makes some good points and, I think, eloquently expresses the real anguish of the worker trapped in a bind — of balancing the immediate need to feed one’s family while realizing that the only options we’re offered for doing so are destroying their future.

http://www.truth-out.org/why-im-marching-bill-mckibben-protest-keystone-pipeline/1314112061